DEP South District Recognizes Isabella Peedle for Environmental Stewardship

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DEP South District Recognizes Isabella Peedle
for Environmental Stewardship

South District Gives Environmental Award to Isabella Peedle

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s South District Office recognized Isabella Peedle for her outstanding achievements in raising awareness for the protection of Florida’s natural resources.   

“Isabella demonstrates her commitment to protecting Florida’s future through promoting Florida-Friendly Landscaping,” said DEP’s South District Director Jon Iglehart. “Invasive non-native plants threaten Florida’s natural areas because they are fast-moving, adaptable, aggressive, and resist efforts to eliminate or control them.”

Peedle, an undergraduate student at Florida Gulf Coast University, has dedicated her academic career to researching ways to minimize environmental impacts by reducing fertilizer waste and runoff.

A member of the Florida Native Plant Society’s Coccoloba Chapter, Peedle educates Florida residents and visitors on how they can protect our waterways through the restoration of native plant communities. Peedle is a regular volunteer at the Farmers Market and Native Plant Sale held at Koreshan State Park every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.   

DEP’s Environmental Stewardship Achievement Award recognizes individuals, businesses, professional and community organizations, and local governments that work alongside the department to Protect Florida Together by safeguarding the state’s natural resources and enhancing its ecosystems.